Monthly Archives: December 2019

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The popular annual Vds-Fire Safety exhibition took place on 3rd and 4th December 2019 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre

The event is a well-established meeting and networking venue for all sections of the fire prevention and protection industry. Vds-Fire Safety 2019 is a combination of trade fair, themed forums and expert conferences.

CFPA Europe has very actively participated in the exhibition, particularly at the Vds stand. CFPA-E presented their good practices exchange, training courses, guidelines, educational standards, and conferences in a number of member countries.

This has been the biggest event yet, in terms of participants and conference attendees. A record number of visitors and exhibitors attended. More than 3800 visitors and 130 exhibitors from 20 countries gathered to update their experience, establish contacts., network and attend innovative technical demonstrations of equipment and systems. The conferences were very well attended and generated huge interest.

Visions for the future – Development of Fire Safety

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Fire Prevention Technology Development Group

Link to Annual Report 2018

Our operating environment and circumstances are constantly changing. With the evolving environment and technology, people working and living must be able to observe the changing environment in new ways.

Change always happens, but can be prepared for. Even if we try to predict the future, the problem is that tomorrow’s future will no longer be the same as it was before. We think we are anticipating the future, but it is following our actions and has taken another step forward.

Anticipating the operating environment is the key to use. Through our behaviour, we can try to influence what kind of future we might be facing, for example, in the next decade. This in turn requires strong cooperation and efforts to develop the sector so that we all have a parallel vision of the future.

Construction and technology, which are both linked to fire prevention technology, are also in constant development. Even here in Finland. We inevitably face new challenges and problems that need to be solved.

Hopefully the various actors can conduct a dialogue on the solutions that have been found and the stumbling blocks that preceded them, as joint learning and exchange of information also open the way for joint development.

Over the past year, the development group has supported the work of study projects with its expert activities, and will continue to be fully involved in similar projects.

It has already been strongly highlighted at this stage that fire safety is seen as an evolving factor in general, but the challenge lies in attitudes rather than technical solutions.

In domestic construction, there are many old-fashioned attitudes to fire prevention. New options are seen as enablers in the construction industry, but at the same time new technology is being shunned.

The often repeated arguments are based on the operational uncertainty of new technologies and the lack of common practices. This is where the development group has the potential to have an impact.

It is advisable to think about how we can develop activities together between various actors in order to focus on the present and the future, and where we can find answers, rather than the existing problems.

Lauri Lehto

Safety and Security Advisor

The Finnish National Rescue Association, SPEK